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Handel: Jephtha / Biondi, Gilchrist, Kielland, Stensvold, Julsrud, Jansson

Handel / Gilchrist / Julsrud / Stvso / Biondi
Release Date: 03/29/2011 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1864  
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Elisabeth RappElisabeth JanssonJames GilchristHavard Stensvold,   ... 
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium VocaleStavanger Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 37 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

After finishing the chorus ‘How dark, O Lord, are thy decrees’ in February 1751, Handel noted in the autograph score that he couldn’t continue his work on Jephtha because of eye problems. Later in the year, he regained his eyesight and was able to complete the work in the autumn. The problems returned however, and in January 1753 a London newspaper reported that ‘Mr Handel has at length, unhappily, quite lost his sight’. Jephtha was thus to become Handel's last oratorio, and indeed his last major work. It is nevertheless no less a masterpiece than his earlier works, and contains some of his noblest music.

The plot of this ‘Sacred Drama’ is loosely based on the story of Jephtha in the Old Testament: a father who in order to win
Read more the the Israelites’ struggle against the Ammonites makes a rash promise to God, and after his victory is compelled to sacrifice his own daughter. The situation gives rise to music of touching poignancy, as well as great choral set-pieces.

This rousing live performance, recorded in 2008 in the Stavanger Concert Hall, boasts a roster of soloists headed by the fine British tenor James Gilchrist as Jephtha, as well as the eminent Belgian choir Collegium Vocale Gent, all backed up by the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. At the helm of these large forces is Fabio Biondi, the Baroque violinist and conductor who since 2005 has been artistic director of the Stavanger orchestra in the baroque and classical repertoires.
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Works on This Recording

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Jephtha, HWV 70 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Elisabeth Rapp (Soprano), Elisabeth Jansson (Alto), James Gilchrist (Tenor),
Havard Stensvold (Baritone), Mona Julsrud (Soprano), Marianne Beate Kielland (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1752; London, England 

Sound Samples

Jephtha, HWV 70: Overture
Jephtha, HWV 70: Menuet
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 1: Accompagnato: It must be so, or these vile Ammonites (Zebul)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 1: Air: Pour forth no more unheeded prayr's (Zebul)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 1: No more to Ammon's god and king (Chorus)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 2: Recitative: But Jephtha comes (Zebul, Jephtha)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 2: Air: Virtue my soul shall still embrace (Jephtha)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 2: Recitative: Twill be a painful separation, Jephtha (Storge)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 2: Air: In gentle murmurs will I mourn (Storge)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 3: Recitative: Happy this embassy, my charming Iphis (Hamor)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 3: Air: Dull delay, in piercing anguish (Hamor)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 3: Recitative: Ill suits the voice of love (Iphis)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 3: Air: Take the heart you fondly gave (Iphis)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 3: Recitative: I go, my soul, inspir'd by thy command (Hamor)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 3: Duet: These labours past, how happy we (Iphis, Hamor)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 4: Recitative: What mean these doubtful fancies of the brain? (Jephtha)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 4: O God, behold our sore distress (Chorus)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 5: Recitative: Some dire event hangs o'er our heads (Storge)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 5: Air: Scenes of horror, scenes of woe (Storge)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 6: Recitative: Say, my dear mother, whence these piercing cries (Iphis, Storge)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 6: Air: The smiling dawn of happy days (Iphis)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 7: Recitative: Such, Jephtha, was the haughty king's reply (Zebul, Jephtha)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act I Scene 7: When his loud voice in thunder spoke (Chorus)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 1: Recitative: Glad tidings of great joy to thee, dear Iphis (Hamor)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 1: Cherub and Seraphim, unbodied forms (Chorus)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 1: Air: Up the dreadful steep ascending (Hamor)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 1: Recitative: Tis well. Haste, haste, ye maidens (Iphis)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 1: Air: Tune the soft melodious lute (Iphis)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 2: Recitative: Heav'n smiles once more on his repentant people (Jephtha)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 2: Air: His mighty arm, with sudden blow (Jephtha)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 2: In glory high, in might serene (Chorus)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Symphony
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Hail, glorious conqueror! (Iphis)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Air and Chorus: Welcome, as the cheerful light ... Welcome thou, whose deeds conspire (Iphis, Chorus)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Recitative: Horror! Confusion! (Jephtha)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Air: Open thy marble jaws, O tomb (Jephtha)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Recitative: Why is my brother thus afflicted? (Zebul, Jephtha)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Accompagnato and Arioso: First perish thou, and perish all the world! - Let other creatures (Storge)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Recitative: If such thy cruel purpose, lo, your friend (Hamor)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Air: On me let blind mistaken zeal (Hamor)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 3: Quartet: O spare your daughter! (Storge, Hamor, Jephtha, Zebul)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 4: Recitative: Such news flies swift (Iphis)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 4: Air: Happy they! (Iphis)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 4: Accompagnato: Deeper and deeper still, thy goodness, child (Jephtha)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act II Scene 4: How dark, O Lord, are thy decrees! (Chorus)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act III Scene 1: Arioso: Hide thou thy hated beams (Jephtha)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act III Scene 1: Air: Waft her, angels, through the skies (Jephtha)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act III Scene 1: Accompagnato: Ye sacred priests, whose hands ne'er yet were stain'd (Iphis)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act III Scene 1: Air: Farewell, ye limpid springs and floods (Iphis)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act III Scene 1: Doubtful fear and reverend awe (Chorus)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act III Scene 1: Symphony
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act III Scene 1: Recitative: Rise, Jephtha, and ye rev'rend priests, withhold (Angel)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act III Scene 1: Air: Happy, Iphis, shalt thou live (Angel)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act III Scene 1: Arioso: For ever blessed be Thy holy name (Jephtha)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act III Scene 1: Theme sublime of endless praise (Chorus)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act III Scene 2: Recitative: Let me congratulate, this happy turn (Zebul)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act III Scene 2: Air: Laud her, all ye virgin train (Zebul)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act III Scene 2: Recitative: O let me fold thee in a mother's arms (Storge)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act III Scene 2: Air: Sweet as sight to the blind (Storge)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act III Scene 2: Recitative: With transport, Iphis, I behold thy safety (Hamor)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act III Scene 2: Recitative: With transport... - Aria: 'Tis Heaven's all ruling power... (Hamor)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act III Scene 2: Recitative: My faithful Hamor, may that Providence (Iphis)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act III Scene 2: Quintet: All that is in Hamor mine (Iphis, Hamor, Storge, Jephtha, Zebul)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Act III Scene 2: Ye house of Gilead, with one voice (Chorus)
Jephtha, HWV 70: Applause

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